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10 Chinese Lunar New Year Festivals for Families around Los Angeles

Time to say Gung Ha Fat Choy to our kids, wish them a happy Year of the Dog, and bring them to a Chinese New Year festival! LA families have several opportunities to greet the Lunar New Year, from low-key neighborhood events to Chinatown's century old grand scale festival. One thing they all have in common is beautiful imagery, so bring a camera and get ready for the Year of the Dog at one of the family-friendly events below.

Roller Skating Rinks Are Still Great Spots for SoCal Family Fun

If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, you probably have great memories of rockin' and rollin' at the roller rink. Birthday parties, end of year school trips, disco evenings, or just plain having fun inside on a hot or rainy day—roller rinks were the best. Even though inline skates are the outdoor skate of choice these days, we can still put on some quads at these LA- and OC-area roller rinks. Take the kids for a taste of your childhood. And, Mom and Dad, you can go ahead and skate too. It is great exercise and just as fun as you remember.

Dinosaurs Invade a Shopping Mall in Redondo Beach

Part museum, part play space, Wonder of Dinosaurs at the South Bay Galleria is a tantalizing collection of animatronic dinosaurs of all varieties, in the setting of a mini amusement-park-toy-shop combo that offers a full day of family friendly exploration (and shopping). Spanning two floors of retail storefront, this dino destination has such wow-worthy draws as Triceratops bouncies (some reserved for the many birthday parties being held on the premises) and a movable dinosaur with reigns for riding like a horse. This natural history museum of play gyms, Wonder of Dinosaurs is a welcome addition to the many kid-friendly places in Redondo Beach.

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations that Are Great for Kids

In New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras. In Venice, Italy, it's Carnevale. In Austria they call it Fasching, and in England Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or just plain old Fat Tuesday. Whatever the name, it's a party; and with its traditions of masks, music, and bling, this party deserves to be shared with kids. We've collected LA's most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations below, and they're mostly FREE. Let the good times roll!

Free in February: 23 Things To Do that Don't Cost a Thing

Yes, it's the month with Valentine's Day smack in the middle, but that doesn't mean every day has to be strictly focused on hearts and flowers (unless you and your little ones want it to be). In a month full of eclectic holidays, it isn't hard to find some free fun for the whole family. From Chinese New Year to Black History Month, President’s Day to Mardi Gras, LA. is hopping in February, and it won’t break the bank to join in. So put down the box of chocolates (momentarily) and enjoy all that the city has to offer.

37 Family Shows You'll Want To Plan Ahead To Catch in 2018

We live in the world capital of the entertainment industry, so when it comes to any kind of shows, especially the ones the whole family can enjoy, there's really no shortage of options. From musicals, concerts, and plays to high energy sports shows and performances, there is something exciting to see every month this year. The key is to know when.

Currently playing at Pantages is the hit Broadway musical Disney's Aladdin told through songs from the movie and new music — Genie-us! Other classic fairytales are sure to delight audiences this summer: The Sleeping Beauty comes to life through a ballet; the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Cinderella features beloved songs and new twists, and a much-anticipated musical production is presenting Beauty and The Beast through a new retelling. 

The ultimate live music experience arrives with Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour, and cartoon character favorites Peppa Pig, Daniel Tiger, and Paw Patrol are also touring through with interactive shows. Speaking of superstars, Dancing With the Stars' Light Up the Night Tour brings many of the professional dancers from ABC's eponymous hit show, while fresh off the Winter Olympics, the champions of the US figure skating team give a golden performance in Stars on Ice.

All this, and Cirque du Soleil's Luzia is still in the Southland until March. There are many more incredible shows not to be missed. Make sure to check our calendar, and add them directly to your own! 

Getting Started with Ice Hockey: Classes and Leagues at Rinks around LA and the Valley

Playing hockey on the local pond? Yeah, that'll happen when the Valley freezes over. But just because our kids can't go out back to hit a puck around like their snow-bound counterparts on the East Coast doesn't mean they can't get the ice time to pursue their Olympic hockey dreams -- the LA area produces some of the top figure skaters and hockey players in the country. Here are some top spots for kids to hit the ice and hone their hockey technique.

Two Big Chances for Kids To Get a Mickey and Minnie Fix this Month

Want to squeeze a little Disney excitement into your weekend without taking the little ones to Anaheim? It's easier than you might think this week, because Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic is visiting Long Beach Terrace Theatre & Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario. Comparing these tickets to the hefty price of a day pass to Disney is a bargain, and your kids will thank you: win-win!

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